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Old 07-08-2010, 11:21 AM   #16
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Beautiful bike !

Very nice choice with the wheels and color combo.

The seat looks a little high in the front, is it me or just body work from different models ?

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #17
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..thats' stock paint on the tank, the seat is off an R100RS....hard to find these days.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #18
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Get a small front mudguard from FlatRacer.com --> http://flatracer.com/#/bmw-cosmetic-parts/4538130542

They look much better than cut down original guards

Thunderpants has one on his cafe machine
Nice, thanks for the tip. I think one of the biggest problem with the stocker is how far it is from the wheel.

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #19
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Nice, thanks for the tip. I think one of the biggest problem with the stocker is how far it is from the wheel.

Scott
Making a custom fender work with the stock fork brace/fender mount is tough because of that. I think the San Jose Brace is the best way to go.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #20
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Beautiful bike !

Very nice choice with the wheels and color combo.

The seat looks a little high in the front, is it me or just body work from different models ?

Mike
Thanks. The seat will be lower in the front. It does not have the hinges installed and tends to rock back a bit just sitting there.

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Old 07-08-2010, 02:03 PM   #21
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Making a custom fender work with the stock fork brace/fender mount is tough because of that. I think the San Jose Brace is the best way to go.
You're likely right about that San Jose brace. I'll keep my eye out for one.

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Old 07-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #22
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..thats' stock paint on the tank, the seat is off an R100RS....hard to find these days.
Yes, stock paint on both. The tank could use a re-spray, but from ten feet away the tank looks fine. I tend to think that the tank and seat are rare enough and I'll leave them alone.

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Old 07-08-2010, 03:20 PM   #23
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Making a custom fender work with the stock fork brace/fender mount is tough because of that. I think the San Jose Brace is the best way to go.
Another trick that I'd try would be to slot the pressed steel fender mounts holes. Then you could change the angle or height real easy.

Those SJ braces are just to bothersome to get mounted right and I'm so lazy!
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:29 PM   #24
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Another trick that I'd try would be to slot the pressed steel fender mounts holes. Then you could change the angle or height real easy.

Those SJ braces are just fo bothersome to get mounted right and I'm so lazy!
Brilliant! I'll give it a shot.

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Old 07-08-2010, 06:23 PM   #25
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Another trick that I'd try would be to slot the pressed steel fender mounts holes. Then you could change the angle or height real easy.

Those SJ braces are just too bothersome to get mounted right and I'm so lazy!
That is one solution to lowering the fender, but the cool metal fenders ala triumph, norton etc are much narrower than that brace. I don't see how it'd be possible to mount the fender on top of it, and can't imagine it looking any good below.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:22 PM   #26
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Ah Spokes....

If I remember correctly, those fenders are (Or were.) aluminum and if thats the case a little judicious work with a BF hammer, a sandbag and then a little judicious bending, should have things working in a flash!

OK... I'll admit that you do have a good point but then again, didn't those old Brit bikes run narrower tires (And thus fenders.) than our Airheads do? I just cant remember anymore. (but then again, there are a lot of things slipping through the cracks these days.) The point is, your tire and the fender need to look like they belong together and the owner has to like how it looks.

Also, the SJ brace would set the fender at the same height as the stock mount, so the solution might be to decide on whatever you/he/we think is a snazzy fender and then make up a brace that'll work. Either way, thats one of the focal points of the whole project and for the bike to hang together visually, you need to get that (Among other things.) right. Seriously... In the end it's these little details that make or break a motorcycle project and it's hard to spend too much time getting them "right".

Oh well, If you're lucky, someone'll give you the perfect fender for free!

A trip through Vanzen's Rocker Boxer site might be in order. Lots of kool cafe bike ideas over there! http://www.rockerboxer.com/at_large_1.html
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:30 PM   #27
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Nice, thanks for the tip. I think one of the biggest problem with the stocker is how far it is from the wheel.

Scott
Scott,

I think you will find you may have the mudguard bracket fitted back to front.

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Old 07-09-2010, 05:29 AM   #28
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Scott,

I think you will find you may have the mudguard bracket fitted back to front.
I think you are right, in the the first photo it looks normal.

I'm not a fan of abbreviated or no fenders myself, they perform a function, even in nice weather. All the sand, dirt, debris will sandblast the front of the bike. In rain, you'll get to ride through a water fountain. A bike I bought many moons ago had that done, wasn't worth it.

The tire profile will make a difference too, I put the stock size on after many years of running the popular oversized stuff and noticed the stock size was narrower and taller. It handles better now too.

One word on slotting out that stock fender brace, that mofo is HARD. I switched to Brembos but never like those braces, flat black stamped out look, and missed my nice shiney stainless one. Plus, it would look much better since I polished out my Telefix brace. But it puts the fender way high.

So I cut about 3/4" inch off and drilled new holes. It took a looong time (yes, I know how to drill metal). Sumbitch is tougher than it looks!
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I've seen airheads with metal fenders, so that's where I'm speaking from. It totally changes the look; more than you'd ever think. If you buy the new stainless fenders (like a pal who restored a couple Triumphs lately) expect to pay a LOT. But I don't recall how they were mounted, I'm sure there must be some pix on the net that would help.

Yeah, those braces are rugged, and the stainless ones are the coolest.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:21 AM   #30
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I've seen airheads with metal fenders, so that's where I'm speaking from. It totally changes the look; more than you'd ever think. If you buy the new stainless fenders (like a pal who restored a couple Triumphs lately) expect to pay a LOT. But I don't recall how they were mounted, I'm sure there must be some pix on the net that would help.

Yeah, those braces are rugged, and the stainless ones are the coolest.
This fellow will make fenders to order out of what I gather is aluminum, is something like this what you had in mind as far as the look?

http://www.roccitycafe.com/item.php?path=store/tfender2,

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